Who We Are

Don R. Jensen & Company (DRJ) was established in 1931 as an independent wholesale broker of property and casualty insurance. For over 80 years, DRJ has been helping independent agents secure dependable and affordable coverage for their clients. Our team of professionals has an average of 27 years of experience in the insurance industry through a diverse array of roles on both the retail agency and company side, including customer service, account management, underwriting, claims handling, and loss control.

MIKE KRISTOF, CPCU

PRESIDENT

Mike joined DRJ in 1986 and has served as President of the company since 1999. Before coming to DRJ, Mike was a national accounts underwriting manager at the Continental Insurance Company. Mike is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), and has been a licensed property and casualty producer since 1986.

Phone: 630-734-3240 ext. 105            E-mail:mkristof@drjco.com

BRIAN KRISTOF, CPA

VICE PRESIDENT

Brian joined DRJ in 2014 and is responsible for marketing and underwriting workers’ compensation business. Prior to joining DRJ, Brian was an Operational Due Diligence Analyst at Lighthouse Partners, a fund of hedge funds located in Chicago. He began his career as an Analyst in the Private Equity Fund Administration department at Northern Trust. Brian graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelors in Accounting and Finance and a Masters in Finance. Brian is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Phone: 630-734-3240 ext. 104            E-mail:bkristof@drjco.com

JENNIFER PISKE 

ACCOUNTING / CLAIMS / UNDERWRITING

Jennifer joined DRJ in 1998.  In addition to underwriting workers’ compensation business, Jennifer is responsible for handling claims, accounting/billing, and marketing. Prior to DRJ, Jennifer spent 10 years at United Fire Group where she held numerous roles in underwriting, accounting, and employee training.

Phone: 630-734-3240 ext. 100            E-mail:jpiske@drjco.com

ROSE QUEEN

UNDERWRITING (ALL LINES)

Rose has been working in the insurance industry for nearly 30 years. Rose began her career at a retail agency before coming to DRJ in 1993. Rose is responsible for underwriting all commercial lines of business. Rose is an Accredited Adviser in Insurance (AAI) and has been a licensed property and casualty producer since 1987.

Phone: 630-734-3240 ext. 107           E-mail:rqueen@drjco.com

KAREN BERNARD

UNDERWRITING (ALL LINES)

Karen Bernard has been in the insurance business for over 36 years. Karen began her career as an agency customer service representative. After 9 years on the agency side, Karen transitioned to the company side where she worked as a commercial lines underwriter for several companies, including Royal Insurance Company, American States Insurance Company, and as an underwriting supervisor at United Fire Group. Karen joined DRJ in 1998 where she is responsible for marketing all lines of commercial coverage.

Phone: 630-734-3240 ext. 101           E-mail:kbernard@drjco.com

LAURIE MCKEE

UNDERWRITING (WORKERS' COMPENSATION)

Laurie began her insurance career in 1990 on the agency side as a commercial lines account representative at Tropp & Co., where she ultimately progressed to a commercial lines account manager and VP of Operations. Laurie has been with DRJ since 2001, where she focuses on underwriting workers’ compensation business.

Phone: 630-734-3240 ext. 106           E-mail:lmckee@drjco.com

DENISE IGLESIAS, CIC, CISR

UNDERWRITING (WORKERS' COMPENSATION) 

Denise began her insurance career in 1998 on the retail agency side as a commercial lines customer service representative at Wine Sergi & Co., a division of RH Wine & Co. Denise progressed to take on a number of roles at RH Wine & Co. including supervisor of their wholesale division, operations manager, and marketing specialist for Wine Sergi & Co.  After RH Wine & Co., Denise returned to the wholesale side as a program director of workers' compensation. Denise joined DRJ in May of 2017, where she focuses on underwriting workers' compensation business. 

Phone: 630-734-3240 ext. 102            E-mail:diglesias@drjco.com

ASHLEY KRISTOF

CORPORATE STRATEGY / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Ashley joined DRJ in 2015 and is responsible for corporate strategy and business development initiatives. Prior to DRJ, Ashley worked in financial services, including roles in leveraged finance at General Electric Capital and economic consulting at Charles River Associates International. Ashley graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Finance, International Business, and Marketing and minors in Legal Studies and Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management focusing on Strategy and Finance.

Phone: 630-734-3240                         E-mail:akristof@drjco.com